Dear Dr. Wright
This will give
you one good hearty laugh to start the New Year off cheerfully.
Despite a week in bed with a bad cold which tried to turn into
influenza, I have laughed and laughed. The following facts came to
me within three hours of taking to bed. I can vouch for the truth of
all this, and when I see you, will quote you my sources.
has persuaded the people in charge of the New York World's Fair
(1939) to help get the Wright plane back from England, for
exhibition purposes, after which the Smithsonian will be able to
claim it, as per its plan which is as follows:
Some years ago
the Smithsonian persuaded the Army, etc. to make arrangements to put
up a great museum at Wright Field Dayton, for the purpose of
enshrining the Wright plane. The army fell for it, the money was set
aside. The Army did not knew it at the time, but the Smithsonian
planned to wait until the Wright plane had been put up in Dayton on
Government property, and then the Smithsonian was to invoke a law
already on the books that it could claim any scientific relics in
the hands of the Government.
The only thing
that blocked all this was Mr. Orville Wright's "obstinacy" and some
uncanny sense that "prevented him from playing into our hands.” The
quotes are those of a present executive of the Smithsonian.
The new plan is
similar. The New York crowd have been told that the only thing
needed to make their fair a success is the presence of the Wright
plane. They have fallen for it and they are already getting a great
number of people in aviation, including many of your acquaintances,
to work on you with the object of having the plane returned under
Government auspices, after which the Smithsonian intends to claim
it, if possible.
fantastic but that plan was made out in detail here in New York at
a conference on Dec. 23.